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UPDATED March 10, 2014

Academy of Language Arts

JAPANESE FOR COMMUNICATION!!

Founded in 1984, Academy of Language Arts (ALA) is located in the heart of Tokyo and renowned for its history. Enhancing learners' conversation skills has been our main educational objective since our foundation. In our general conversation course, learners study in a relaxed multinational environment. ALA is a highly reputable language institute that specializes in business Japanese training, develops and conducts the TCCB (Business Communication Measurement Test). We offer a multitude of programs to meet your goals. Hone your business Japanese skills with our private and company lessons. Whatever your language goals may be, ALA will help you reach them!


Short-term conversation course (Intensive / part-time)
Student visa acquirable course (Intensive / 6 months ~)
Private lessons/In-company lessons (General / Business)
Business Communication Measurement Test (TCCB)
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ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

Conveniently located near terminal stations

Since it was established in 1986, students from more than 50 countries have studied at ARC Academy. Our well-trained and motivated teachers help students master communication skills as naturally as possible through realistic intercultural communication. The lessons include not only the language, but also how and in what manner sentences are used in different situations. Our schools in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto are all conveniently located close to train and subway stations and offer various courses according to students' needs. Our friendly English-speaking staff will be happy to assist you in finding the right course.


• Intensive Course from 4 days to 3 months or longer
• Spring/Summer Program with varied activities
• Business Japanese Class in Shibuya
• Private Lesson with a customized curriculum
• 10-time budget private lessons for beginners

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SHINJUKU JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

Approved by the Ministry of Education

With 39 years of experience, Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute provides you with a unique and original learning method. By using differently shaped and colored cards, which represent different parts of speech, students will be able to speak with confidence, construct complex sentences and understand both formal and informal conversations. Since last year, our students also started to use our new digital content, allowing them to check the texts online before and after the class, and use our offline vocabulary and grammar apps for smart-devices. Our student body is diverse and represents more than 38 countries. So why not come and join us!


• Weekday intensive Japanese language course
• Business, tourism and Japanese teacher training courses
• Evening, Sunday and private courses
• JLPT, EJU and university preparation courses
• A number of cultural activities throughout the year

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Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin
JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (JLI)

School for practical and business Japanese

Founded in 1967 by the nonprofit International Education Center, JLI has attracted more than 7,000 students from over 90 countries. The features of JLI are: 1) stressing Japanese conversation skills with practical application for business and daily situations; 2) utilizing user-friendly original textbooks written in both Japanese and English (Basic to Pre-intermediate); 3) learning Japanese via TV news and dailies, honing writing and presentation skills (Intermediate to Advanced); 4) targeting business-people, families of expats, spouses of Japanese, other adult learners; 5) diverse student body. JLI is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, a three-minute walk from Yotsuya Station.

• Regular Program (Daytime Intensive): Mon. through Fri., 9:00 - 12:20
• Early Morning Course: Two days a week, 60 min. per lesson
• Afternoon Course: One or two days a week, 90 to 120min. per lesson
• Evening Courses: One or two days a week, 90 to 120 min. per lesson
• Saturday Course: 120 - 180 min. per lesson

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Evergreen Language School

Founded in 1949

So far, Evergreen has accepted students from 70 countries and most of the graduates have gone to college and universities for further study. Some have gone into business and have been successfully working for Japanese and foreign affiliated companies. Others have been contributing to their countries working for their government or established their own companies after returning to their homeland. April course student visa registration open!! Apply now for the April Course.


• One-Month Internsive
• PRIVATE & COMPANY
• PREP FOR JLPT(N1,2,3)
• Business / Daily Japanese
• Home / Company Lessons

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KAI Japanese Language School

KAI makes you improve real communication

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a reputable Japanese language school in Tokyo certified by the IALC (International Association of Language Centres). Since our foundation, we’ve attracted students from about 40 countries all the time, who use Japanese as the common language of communication both in and out of the classroom. At KAI, students live Japanese! Our three main programs cover most comers. First, the General Course, targeted at students aiming to master Japanese. The Practical Conversation Course is a conversation program on a shorter-term basis. The Business Japanese Course is perfect if you’re serious to work in Japan.


General Course to improve Japanese with balance.
Business Japanese Course 200 if you're serious to work in Japan.
Practical Conversation Course to focus conversation.
Private lessons that suits your special needs.
Student visa applications are being accepted.

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Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

Let's study "real-life" Japanese with friends from 40 different countries!

Established in 1988, Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ) has been engaged in "cross-cultural communication" through Japanese-language education. Students will get to study in the same building as Japanese students who are studying to become Japanese teachers. It's a great environment for those learning Japanese! We are conveniently located only one minute from Shinjuku Station. You can choose from several courses and curricula are designed to match a variety of needs. Get in touch to arrange a trial lesson and take a test to check your level — both are absolutely free!


- Daily Course / Mon.-Fri. Morning or Afternoon
- Business Japanese Course / Tue. & Thu. Evening
- JLPT Special Prep Course / Sat. Afternoon
- Private Lesson

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Messages from the teachers: How to make studying Japanese enjoyable.

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language School

There is no "right answer" regarding how best to learn a language, but if you want to improve your conversation skills, choosing an actor, actress or announcer to model yourself after and pretending to be like them can be a good way. Doing this causes a person to focus on the entire scope of the language, including the choice of words, accent, pronunciation, intonation, etc. However, be warned that if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend and you imitate their speaking style, you may find yourself using words and pronunciations typically used by the opposite gender!

Hiroko Yamamoto
Director

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin

Studying a foreign language is never easy. But the benefits will surpass the efforts and struggles involved as you gradually expand your world with newly learned words and freshly mastered phrases. You will have them at your fingertips when you talk with your friends, colleagues and customers, as well as when you order in a restaurant, or when you simply want to relax with the hottest new manga or movie. At JLI, people from various nationalities, regions and cultural backgrounds come together with the shared purpose of studying business and practical Japanese. Why don't you come out and join us?

Yuko Hoshino

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

If you gain a sense of achievement from studying, you'll enjoy studying Japanese. It's important to review what you’ve learned after every lesson. I also suggest friends that you can speak Japanese with to improve your skills. In the classroom, to help students acquire confidence and good communication skills, we provide many opportunities to speak. We also have daily kanji tests, allowing students to become proficient at reading and writing Kanji. TCJ offers students a good atmosphere to learn Japanese in an enjoyable way.

Tomoe Sato
Teacher

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

To make learning Japanese fun and easier, it's a good idea to use the language in an area of interest to you. Some students make good progress listening to J-pop, some quickly memorize expressions from anime, while others can read fashion magazines for hours. One of our students loved reading math texts and enjoyed how math problems are expressed in Japanese. By focusing on something that interests you in Japanese, you can learn without feeling the stress of studying. Try reading or listening to something that interests you in Japanese as a shortcut for improving your Japanese.

Yumiko Endo
Principal

Evergreen Language School

Evergreen Language School

Exchange students who are studying Japanese not only plan to attend a Japanese college or vocational school but the number of students who wish to find employment in a Japanese company is increasing in Japan. I'm delighted to hear this and of course in this case Japanese language skills are required. I believe it's necessary for students to understand Japanese culture, customs and way of thinking. For this reason, I believe that by using Japanese in a real Japanese environment, experiencing working at a part-time job in Japan, and experiencing Japanese culture will be quite beneficial to students. Many gradutes have their own businesses or have found jobs in Japan.

Sachiko Naito
Principal

SHINJUKU JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

SHINJUKU JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

To study Japanese in an enjoyable manner, it may be most opportune to learn through one's own interests. One possibility is to learn by the reading of manga or watching of anime. Otherwise, by visiting Japanese restaurants, like ramen or sushi shops, one may discover and check new words, or while enjoying karaoke with friends memorize Japanese lyrics. Additionally, learning how to write hiragana from smart devices is just such a satisfying shortcut to begin your studies.

Kyoko Mori
Vice-principale

Academy of Language Arts

Academy of Language Arts

Until yesterday, you've ordered your daily coffee in English, but today you did it in Japanese. You may find small talk in the morning or at lunch with your colleagues and friends enjoyable and you may also find your professional life going more smoothly when you actively use your Japanese. Knowing your Japanese is improving through these everyday experiences will make you want to study harder and speak more. When you speak as much as possible in professional and social situations, you will become an accomplished Japanese speaker. Don't be afraid of making mistakes as you study Japanese with us.

Yoko Eguchi
International Human Resources Development
Chief Instructor